Friday, October 9, 2020

CHANDIPORE DXpedition ~ 1982

 For the five of us from Calcutta ( Tripti Ranjan Basu, Babul Gupta, Supratik Sanatani, Sudipto Ghosh,  Alok Kundu and Prodyut Banerjee ) the new year really started with a bang. A time most people (meaning non-DXers) are usually busy wishing each other or licking stamps to send out their greeting card, we were planning out the final

details of our coming DX Camp.The site we choose this time was CHANDIPUR, a newly developed beach resort in the State of Orissa. The zero hour drew in on the 6th of January and we set out loaded with wires, receivers, tons of excitement and of course ouerselves.

LOCATION: Chandipur is about 20 km to the east of Balasore, the latter a small town in the North East corner of the State. Apart from Tourism, the town of Chandipur is also a port for inshore trawlers. Even as we approached Chandipur, the warm, sea-smelling air greeted us-a true feeling of being in the tropies. The beach is one of the best I have seen so far, a wide strech of sand gently sloping into the sea and lined with a belt of knee-deep water !!

We put up at the OTDC Hotel, whose manager Mr.B.G.Mohanty was very helpful in arranging our ideal QTH and understanding our funny requirements. Our room overlooked the Casaurina trees extending into the sea with excellent antenna space and natural support in the direction from North East thru South East.

ANTENNA: For the first day we used a length of 200 metres in the direction of Papua-New Guinea and a small length of 60 metres approx North-South. On the second day we rua out 400 metres length in the direction of Central Japan and for final night we ran out 600 metres (joining our earlier antennas) in the direction of North Philippines and Taiwan. The last antenna was grounded at the far end via a 500 carbon resistor.

Erection of these antennas was a real achievement for all of us and involved lots of acrobatics. I personally thank OM Babul Gupta for his ingenious “Rigging-made easy” ideas and active participation. For supports we used the Casurina trees providing excellent height and direction. We used G.I. wires to keep the wires pulled up and applied PVC piping insulation at contact points.

BUDGET: The whole camp of 6 days worked on a shoe-string budget and still had nothing lacking anywhere. In fact, for all of us it was a pleasant holiday as well. OM Alok Kundu was our financial manager and armed with a small calculator he would monitor each day’s expenses even in paises ! Thank “Big Man”. For each of us the whole 6 days cost only R. 300/- including transport, lodging, food, chicken roasts, fish delicacies, countless cups of tea…. for more details drop a line to OM Alok Kundu !! 

HARVEST:  Our DX catches were quite fantastic for us. Indeed, using not so sophisticated RXs we had achieved quite an amazing lot. This meet was also a great experience in the field of using longwires and their “air-an-shoot” principle.

ACKNOWLEDMENT: We are very greatful to the Orissa State Tourism and especially Mr. Mohanty for his generous help. We also thank the skipper of the Trawler “B.T.” for kindly allowing us to use his boat’s compass. Our thanks also  go out to the people of Chandipur for not being inquisitive of our activities and lastly to all the Tourism minded people for not choosing Chandipur as their abode during this week.

                                                                                             73s de 
                                                                                                    - PRODYUT BANERJEEE


Friday, October 2, 2020

We are back again ...... this time in digital


  • Asian DX Review [ADXR] monthly newsletter from Indian DX Club International is back again. After a long gap, we are pleased to release the digital edition of the much popular newsletter.

    When ADXR last rolled out of the press in 1990, DXing was different. There was no internet. We had to eagerly wait for the DX program like DX Jukebox (later renamed Media Network) from Radio Nederland and other DX program to copy down the tips for DX hunting. Once in a week we would get the sunspot numbers. DX magazine like our ADXR reached people by post. Digital Frequency Readout receivers were already there but they were beyond the reach of the average listener. There were no mobile phones, no mobile phone towers. During sunspot lows the medium waves were full of Japanese regionals on lucky days. The tropical bands were all full of Indonesians in the evening, Africans appeared late evening and night and then the Latins in the early Indian morning. The reception reports were still sent by mail and often with IRCs to facilitate a qsl card. QSL card arrived by post, often with pennant and other goodies like exciting stamps. DXers met in persons over small group gathering, through the land line and through the bulletins.

    Then there was a hiatus of thirty years during which period DXers did go on listening, QSLing, face to face meeting, DXpeds and communicating through land phones .The couple of exciting DXpeditions along Bay of Bengal did keep us enthused about DXing. Then came the internet. It developed slowly but steadily and changed the very face of DXing. DXing was gently turned upside down.

    Where does ADXR digital fit in? It now comes with our own flavor of DX reporting, our small contribution to keep the spirit of DXing alive and to give you a feel of the man between the radios and the signals. We are here to give a life to those frequency lists and schedules and encourage others to speak. Our aim is to keep DX alive and speaking.

    Indian DX Club International (IDXCI) is an informal association of DXers mainly from India. Head Quartered in Kolkata, India, the Club brings out the “Asian DX Review” DX bulletin which is presently an online publication and is distributed free. It has also been active in organizing DXpeditions and promoting the hobby of radio DXing in general.

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